The US Sensation Is Not Paying Attention To Everton Rumours: Why The Toffees Must Step Up Interest

Barnsley v Swansea City EFL Sky Bet Championship 17/05/2021. Play-Off First Leg Barnsley forward Daryl Dike 10 gestures and reacts during the EFL Sky Bet Championship 1st leg play off match between Barnsley and Swansea City at Oakwell, Barnsley, England on 17 May 2021. Barnsley Oakwell South Yorkshire England Editorial use only DataCo restrictions apply See PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxUK , Copyright: xMalcolmxBrycex PSI-12778-0064

In a recent report, Goal has revealed how Daryl Dike has emerged as a transfer target of Everton. The Toffees are not alone in the hunt with the likes of Leeds, Newcastle United, Chelsea and Manchester United having registered interest in the USMNT international over a potential summer transfer.

The 21-year-old Orlando City star enjoyed a blistering loan stint at Barnsley. The Tykes defied the odds last season to secure a play-off place finish and lost only thrice in the regular Championship campaign following Dike’s arrival in the winter transfer window. The youngster fired in 9 times in 21 league appearances while spearheading the attack but has returned to his parent club now after failing to secure Premier League football.

Barnsley would have loved to retain his services for the upcoming term but are not capable of meeting a £14m valuation. They must have been counting on the top-flight promotion to generate funds, however, the play-off heartbreak has sent them back to square one prior to next season.

Everton target Daryl Dike in action for Barnsley
Swansea City v Barnsley EFL Sky Bet Championship 22/05/2021. Play-Off Second Leg Swansea City goalkeeper Freddie Woodman 1 punches the ball under pressure from Barnsley midfielder Daryl Dike 10 during the EFL Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Barnsley at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales on 22 May 2021. Swansea Liberty Stadium West Glamorgan Wales Editorial use only DataCo restrictions apply See PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxUK , Copyright: xGruffyddxThomasx PSI-12797-0027

Why Everton Must Step Up The Chase

Although the striking sensation has drawn the attention of the English hotshots with his pace, power and precision, the speculations do not excite him much as he concentrates on his season objectives with Orlando City.

“For me, all that stuff is kinda extra noise. Obviously for me, I’ve been blessed to go on the experience at Barnsley and play with the national team as well.  I’ve had a lot of experiences and I kind of told myself from the beginning I want to bring back everything that I’ve learned about the new culture, learned about the new style of play and come back here and kind of see how I’ve grown as a player.”

Dike mentioned to MLS Soccer in a recent interview.

Everton, meanwhile, are yet to find Carlo Ancelotti’s successor. The rumour of former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has led to a frenzy of rage in the Blue half of Merseyside, but the club are also working on strengthening their current setup under Marcel Brands. The Toffees’ director of football is aware of the limitations in the attacking third, particularly the ‘number 9’ slot where they need someone to challenge and cover Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Cenk Tosun has not been able to settle in due to form and fitness concerns. Moise Kean, impressive on loan at PSG, is keen on a return to Juventus and draw an end to his Goodison nightmare. Daryl Dike, therefore, remains a feasible alternative for Everton who holds all the attributes to succeed in the top tier of English football.

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